Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Small Business California Survey/Tax Credit Resources Available to You and Your Members

On Monday February 4 Small Business California will be sending out its annual survey. I hope you all will complete this. For those of you that are connected with small business associations I would appreciate knowing if you will send to your members.

Please let me know if you will be doing so.

To see last year’s survey please go to

I received the email below from Lucas Communications. Last year in our survey 77% of the respondents did not know about the small business health tax credit With March 15 approaching please see information about the credit.

Scott Hauge


Small Business California

2311 Taraval Street

San Francisco, CA 94116


Dear Scott,

As a long-time Health Law Guide for Business Partner, we wanted to let you know we are sending the following email to business groups across the state to help them educate their members on the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. Please free to use this information however it would be most useful to you and your membership.

Dear [Business Group],

As a respected leader among the business community, you know the importance of providing accurate and timely information to your members. As the March 15 corporate tax filing deadline approaches, we want to help ensure your small business members are aware they can reduce their federal tax burden if they provide health insurance to their employees.

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as the health care law, is available now and was designed to encourage both small businesses and tax-exempt employers to maintain existing coverage or offer health insurance to their employees for the first time. In California alone, more than 500,000 employers may be eligible for the credit!

To be eligible for the credit, the business must have 25 or fewer employees, an average annual wage of less than $50,000 and pay at least 50 percent of the employees’ insurance premiums.

I encourage you to utilize the attached toolkit to help your small business members keep more of their hard earned dollars in their pocket. We’ve drafted suggested text for an email or newsletter insert and social media posts, a fact sheet about the credit and an easy to use work sheet to help employers determine if they’re eligible. Please let us know if we can help tailor any of this information for your members.

For more information on the tax credit and business-specific information about the implementation of the health care law, visit



Annie Han

Lucas Public Affairs

T 916-492-2707 ext 215

C 916-541-4230

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